Saudi prepares to launch first wind turbine

Saudi Arabia will unveil its first wind turbine in January as the kingdom attempts to diversify away from oil exports.

Saudi Aramco plans to commission its wind turbine pilot project, the first in the kingdom, next month, Wind turbine as part of nationwide plans to diversify energy supplies and to meet an increase in demand.

General Electric’s wind turbine will provide power to the state oil company’s bulk plant in Turaif, in northwest Saudi Arabia. At its peak the turbine will provide 2.75 MW of power.

It will also reduce the burning of diesel for power generation by 18,600 barrels of oil equivalent per year (boepd).

Saudi plans to generate 9.5 GW of electricity from renewable energy as part of a reform plan known as Vision 2030, the aim of which is free it from oil export dependency.

Saudi Aramco's CEO told Reuters in May, "Renewables is on our radar ... and we are looking forward to play a major role in renewables in the near future."

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